Rhythmic Movement Training Level 1 & 2 (ADD/ADHD/Autism)

what is RMT? Rhythmic Movement Training (RMT) is dedicated to bringing tremendous benefits to children and adults with challenges including: ADD/ADHD dyslexia dyspraxia coordination difficulties Autism Spectrum Disorders Parkinson’s disease and stroke RMT looks at the role of developmental movements that babies naturally make Before birth The first six months after birth As they get Read More

Learning Difficulties Caused by Dyslexia

Children with dyslexia experience many learning difficulties. Most of the learning difficulties vary from child to child in types and levels. However, a common behaviour of these children, without proper guidance and acceptance, are a lack of self confidence and have very low self-esteem.

The following are some of the learning difficulties caused by dyslexia experience by many dyslexic children:

1. Difficulties with spelling.
Dyslexic children have difficulty with phonological processing. They have difficulties in identifying sounds, knowing how many sounds there are, and knowing the order in which sounds occur in words. They tend to spell with sensible phonic but wrong i.e. jerney for journey. They also experience difficulties with visual memory when they show jumbled spellings i.e. thron for thorn

2. Difficulties with reading.
Some dyslexic children have difficulties with visual tracking when they have difficulties to decode words, read fluently from left to right and therefore have difficulties to comprehend what they have just read.

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Improving Self Confidence of a Dyslexic Child

I have been working with many children with different level of learning difficulties. They are between the age of 5 to 8 years old. Most of them have very low self confidence and behavioral problems. I’ve discovered beside encouragement and motivation (which are very important), there are other practical ways we could apply to help these children to build on their self confidence. Hope you find the article below useful for your pursuit to make a difference to your child or other children with learning difficulties.

Ways to improve a dyslexic childʼs self confidence

by Phoebe L

 

Self-confidence is having confidence and being sure of oneself own value and abilities. In view of the difficulties a dyslexic child maybe experiencing peer pressure and familyʼs expectation on him/herself, a dyslexia child usually has low self confidence instead.

In order to help the dyslexic child to overcome their difficulties, firstly we need to help him/her to build a basic foundation to be secured and have self confidence.

A dyslexic child needs to be accepted as who he/she is. Itʼs important that adults i.e. parents, care taker and teachers who are in direct contact daily with the child need to be positive, encouraging in words and actions.

The followings are some of the ways the adults could help to improve a dyslexic childʼs self confidence: Read More

Hear your child read

Hearing a child reads with pleasure is a very rewarding experience a parent could enjoy. Here are some steps how you could improve the way you hear your child read.

Building confidence

  • As reading is an acquired skill, it is important that we must always build a child’s confidence and interest when we encourage him/her to read. This will result a life long love for reading.
  • The Golden Rule for hearing a child read is to tell him/her the word he/she does not know, and the moment you feel you are tensing up, just switch over to you reading to the child for the next few pages until you feel a bit more relaxed.
  • By doing so, your child is learning to be confident that you will always tell him/her a word which he/she does not know, and can trust that reading with you will be a pleasurable experience.

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Effective Teaching Strategies

Most of the dyslexic children and teenagers (learners) face difficulties in coping with the traditional curriculum and teaching styles focusing on the use of visual and audio senses. This is due to their difficulties with either or both of these senses. Some of them may have difficulties with tracking, visual processing, seeing the words become fuzzy, auditory memory or auditory processing. Nevertheless, with proper teaching strategies, they can achieve their true intellectual potential.

Below are some of the recommended teaching strategies for dyslexic learners.

Multi-sensory teaching approach

One of the most effective teaching strategies is using multi-sensory teaching approach. This approach helps them to learn also through tactile and kinetic sensations. For example, in helping a dyslexic child to have breakthrough on the confusion over the direction of ‘b’ and ‘d’, multi-sensory approach means the child has a visual memory from seeing the letter, an auditory  memory from hearing the sound it makes, a tactile memory from writing the letter in the air, touching the sandpaper letter, forming letter using the manipulative such as play-dough, clay or plasticine and  a kinetic (body movement) memory from having draw the letter really large on the carpet.

My personal experience with an 8-year old boy learning his spelling list using multi-sensory approach: Read More

How to help a dyslexic child to improve in math/s – part 2

Many dyslexic children also have problems comprehending the vocabulary and symbols used in mathematics. It is also a common problem that these children will be confused with math symbols that look similar. Likewise, they often reverse numbers, which lead to errors when performing simple calculations and arithmetic. Despite facing the above mentioned difficulties, a dyslexic Read More

How to help a dyslexic child to improve in math/s – Part 1

It has been estimated that around 90% of dyslexic children have problems in some areas of math/s, and most of the time they will need extra help especially when new concepts of math/s are introduced. To help a dyslexic child improve in his math/s, we must first look into the reasons for this problem. One Read More

Don’t Ask What, Ask Why

 

Bangsar Lutheran Church (BLC) and Hilslearning is hosting an information session to create a greater awareness and understanding regarding those whom learn differently or have difficulties especially children.

Holistic Approach to Neuro Development & Learning Efficiency (HANDLE) provides an effective, non-drug alternative for identifying and treating most neurodevelopmental disorders across the lifespan including individuals diagnosed with: brain injury, stroke, cerebral palsy, autistic spectrum disorders, attention deficit disorder/hyperactivity, learning disabilities including dyslexia, Tourette’s syndrome, bipolar disorder, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, CHARGE and other rare syndromes.

HANDLE incorporates research and techniques from many disciplines. It includes principles and perspectives from medicine, rehabilitation, psychology, education and nutrition. It is founded on an interactive, developmental model of human functioning. It provides help for families sorting out issues of: perplexing behaviours, language delays, organizational problems, sleep disorders, disorders deemed psychological in nature, maximizing learning potential, work efficiency, and social interactions. Read More